View Full Version : Canned hunting - what is it?

Bush baby
January 20, 2002, 06:23 PM
What in your mind constitutes canned hunting, what criteria need to be in place before you go “that’s a canned hunt”? Is it property size, wildness of the game or what?
This follows on from my post for a Buffalo hunt that I was advertising for on this forum.

Bush baby

slick slidestop
January 20, 2002, 07:22 PM
For me it is not just the act of opening a cage,letting an animal run 10 feet then shooting it.

It is when an animal is confined or domesticated (not scared of humans) to a point that it does not have a desire or "fair chance" to escape or elude you. A buffalo on 20 acres to me is a canned hunt. An Axis deer on 5,000 acres is not, povided there are trees etc for cover.

Canned hunts for exotics are for rich snobs who are too nutless to actually get dirty:mad:

Art Eatman
January 20, 2002, 07:58 PM
I guess the primary aspect is whether the animal has a "fair chase" chance to evade the hunter. And, of course, is wild enough to want to.

"Proper" size of a fenced tract is a function of the type of vegetation. For instance, the state of Michigan's wildlife agency once built a deer-proof fence around a 100-acre tract of heavy timber/underbrush. They knew that at least 100 deer were within the fence. The number of hunters allowed in during the season was controlled, but tens of hunter-days accumulated. Three deer were taken. Most hunters reported seeing no deer at all.

To me, then, each piece of property is a different case. If the tract mentioned in the other thread is buffalo-proof fenced, it sounds on the edge of "unfair"--but if it's broken ground and mostly covered with thick brush it might be okay. Sounds small, though.

Regardless, fair-chase morals and ethics apply, which includes a challenge to the hunter. If there is no challenge, it's not hunting. It's merely butchery.

So count me in with Slick...



January 20, 2002, 10:10 PM
Spam on fence post.
Shoot, blows open.
Slice n fry in bacon fat.

Yummy on tummy.


Art Eatman
January 20, 2002, 11:22 PM